Michigan Humanities (MH) is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of a $50,000 award from Meijer to sponsor the 2017-18 Great Michigan Read. The donation will be used toward general program funding – such as books, program and promotion materials, and author tour costs. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter has supported or participated in the program since it began in 2007.

“We are very proud to support the important work of The Michigan Humanities and the Great Michigan Read and commend them for the contributions they make to fuel a person’s love for reading,” said Stacie Behler, Group Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Meijer. “We hope our contribution helps the Council and the Great Michigan Read continue its mission to make literature accessible to everyone in Michigan.”

The Great Michigan Read is a statewide reading and discussion program that aims to cultivate a shared understanding of who we are as Michiganians. Previous support from Meijer allowed MH to provide book kits to nonprofit partners – kits include up to 30 copies of the selected title, along with reader’s, teacher’s guides, posters, stickers and bookmarks.

“The Board of Directors of the Michigan Humanities is pleased and honored to have the support of Meijer for the Great Michigan Read.  They have strongly supported this valuable state-wide initiative since the program began in 2007.  With Meijer’s generosity, the Council will be able to place hundreds of books in the hands of our Michigan youth,” said Council Board Chair Kathleen Mullins.

The bi-annual program and its discussions surround a single title – typically a book with Michigan as a theme or location. MH partners with hundreds of schools, libraries, and other nonprofits to facilitate discussions, reading programs, lectures and much more.

The 2015-16 Great Michigan Read drew over 300 state-wide partners and reached 53 of Michigan’s 83 counties.

MH will announce the 2017-18 Great Michigan Read title in April of 2017 with program implementation in the fall of 2017.

Previous Great Michigan Read titles include: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel; Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg; Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle; Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen and The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway.

Potential sponsors should contact MH before the 2017-18 title is announced in April in order to be included in a limited edition printing of the novel.